Police Foundations


Program Information

Individuals with an educational aspiration for entry into policing, other related law enforcement agencies, or careers in law and justice will find it with the Police Foundations program. 

During the first year, a broad theoretical foundation is provided on human relations, mental health, critical interpersonal, communication and team building skills and an overview of the criminal justice system. The second year focuses on courses specific to law enforcement, investigation, police powers and community policing. Students also achieve certification in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training from the Crisis Prevention Institute and Introduction to Incident Management System (IMS 100) from Emergency Management Ontario. The goal of the Police Foundations program is to provide students with a well-rounded education that prepares them for not only a career in law enforcement, but also as a foundation for continual educational pathways into related fields of study. 

Our criminal justice lab offers students the opportunity to bridge the gap between theory and practice in an innovative real world setting. By moving beyond theory, students learn by doing and get firsthand experience of practicing what has been taught. Students also gain volunteer hours and field related experience through participation in Lambton College's student run Safe Walk program. Lambton College's faculty is diverse representing the criminal justice system, police, border, security and other related professionals. These experiential learning opportunities, coupled with small class sizes, ensures students receive a quality educational experience. 

Device Requirements

This program requires a mobile device (laptop or tablet).

See full device requirements.

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:
Grade 12 English C or U

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency by submitting one of the following scores:

  • IELTS of 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT 69

Applicants from India, China, Vietnam, Philippines and Pakistan should note that IELTS is the only proficiency score accepted by the Study Direct Stream (SDS) program. Additional country-specific requirements may also be applicable.

Meeting the minimum English requirements does not guarantee admission. Students with higher English proficiency scores will receive priority in the admission assessment process.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates find employment with: military police, special constables (transit police), by-law enforcement, Canada Border Services, correctional services (federal and provincial), police services — federal, provincial, regional or municipal, loss prevention/retail security, alcohol and gaming (casinos/slots), industrial/corporate security, and private security/investigation.

Educational Pathways

See where you could go within Ontario to complete a degree once you've completed this Lambton College program.

Looking to go further? Students who successfully complete the Police Foundations program can either transfer their credits towards the third-year of Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Professional Arts – Criminal Justice (BPA-CJ) degree program, or students can transfer credits towards Lake Superior State University's Bachelor of Criminal Justice - Generalist degree, completing the four-year bachelor degree in as little as one academic year.

John Jay College

Upon completing Lambton College's Police Foundations diploma, graduates will be credited with 85 transferable credits towards:

  • John Jay’s Bachelor of Art in Criminology program, or;
  • John Jay’s Bachelor of Science in Police Studies program, or;
  • John Jay’s Bachelor of Arts in Deviance, Crime and Culture program, or;

To discuss which courses you would still need to complete through John Jay College as part of this agreement, contact edupathways@lambtoncollege.ca.


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